Of course the weeds spread into my garden. The worst is this prickly weed that grows several feet high. I don't know what it is, but, since it has leaves similar to a dandelion, I refer to it as a "prickly dandelion". I have to carefully dig each one out by the roots. Like a dandelion, if it isn't pulled out by the roots, it will simply grow back. I hate wearing gloves when I do my gardening, but for this task I have to.
In the flower bed I have a very invasive plant called a "goose-neck loosestrife". I normally would be very meticulous about not allowing my plants to spread into neighboring property, but in this case I happily allow it to invade.
Here's a picture from a couple summers ago of the loosestrife in bloom. It's a pretty plant, but must be constantly kept under control.
The other day as I was surveying the mess, I noticed this vine which was running rampant. Seeing its three leaves, I immediately thought, "Is that poison ivy?"
I went on the internet and read about poison ivy and looked at pictures of it. In many ways it fit the description to a "tee". But then I went out and took a closer look at the plant. The branches have thorns, and poison ivy does NOT have thorns. So at least I can tackle this job without ending up being covered with a rash!